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lawmakers fail to reach a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. >>> new this morning, iran's state television is reporting the country's navy started training drills in the strait of hormuz. that area sees 20% of the oil pass through it. the state tv report says that the programs include more ships, submarines and jet fighters. they've warned other ships to stay away from the site until after the new year. >>> melissa mollet joins us from the live desk with more. good morning, melissa. >> good morning. the search is on for 23 pakistani policemen who appear to have been kidnapped by the taliban. they went missing thursday. two northwest posts were -- two policemen were also killed at that time. melissa mollet, news 4. >>> thank you so much. the army general who helped force saddam hussein out of kuwait died. norman schwarzkopf died of complication frs pneumonia. stormin' norman execute theed the first gulf war. a friend of his said schwarzkopf was in love with america and was possessed by a sense of duty. >> i think america suffered a tremendous loss with the loss of a great patriot. >> schwar
and democratses to reach a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. this morning the ceo shulz asked all of his washington, d.c. employees to , come together. >> if you are looking to turn that ugly sweater -- to return that ugly sweater from aunt imagine, today may not be the best -- day. >>> good morning. more signs of recovery in the housing market numbers show home prices climbed in the 12 months through october by the most in more than two years more than 4% gain if you look on the month-to-month increase, san francisco coming in number five, las vegas had the biggest monthly gain. christmas is over, let the returns begin. if you received any gifts you don't want, you might want to wait a few days to return it. today is the worst days to do returns because the lines are longest, store clerks burned out. in the markets, pretty quiet at the moment]รณ;o, slight gains for the benchmark averages as well as bloomberg index, a lot of wait and see. as people unwrap new gifts a green citizen says don't forget to recycle old electronics, it expects to see a 30% rise in e-waste between now and february, the big
schwarzkopf has died. >>> a fiscal milk cliff is looming. bears over the bruins in the holiday bowl. >>> good morning, even as the finger pointing continues on capitol hill this morning, new hope on a deal to avoid that fiscal cliff. president obama will be meeting with congressional leaders later today. danielle leigh joins us. >> that meeting in many ways a last opportunity for the president and congressional leaders to reach a deal and get something done before this year is over. if this meeting is unsuccessful it could seal this country's fate, as some developments yesterday. house members no longer on stand by. ready to come back sunday. to take a vote. when these tax cuts expire just about every worker is going to see their paycheck reduced. it's going to eliminate unemployment extensions and initiate spending cuts across the board. >> how will people see this in their paychecks and in their taxes? >> workers will feel it immediately in their paychecks. those paychecks will be reduced. those making 40,000, 50,000 are going to see 1700 less a year. it continues as the wages increase. so
christmas vacation short for the fiscal cliff. >>> and the longest high speed train. good morning. i'm richard lui. christmas was anything but merry for residents of the deep south. christmas packed a deadly punch. three residents are victims of the storm that hit four states as far south as texas. >> oh, wow, oh jr, look at that tornado. >> reporter: in mobile, alabama, a christmas surprise no one wished for right in this city center. it left lots of damage in its wa wake, blowing out first and second floor windows at the medical center and the roof at the high school. there are no deaths but tens of thousands are without electricity. it sent customers running for cover. >> he looked out the windows and said there is a tornado coming. i looked out, saw the debris flying around, got everybody and the customers an said, we need to run to the back and everybody huddle down. >> i probably hurt my baby grabbing her running for protection. there was no time. >> reporter: the twister was from a massive storm that stretched across the nation. earlier, a tornado touched down near mcneil, mis
-- and hunger. host: good morning. as the deadline looms over the fiscal cliff, the attention is shifting to the other end of pennsylvania avenue. the lines of communication remain open. it is friday, december 28. the senate is in session today. stock futures are down in anticipation of what will happen next with the deadline, january 1. we will begin with your comments on the fiscal cliff talks, now down to the wire. here are our phone numbers -- you can join the conversation online. host: here are some of the friday morning headlines. a rare back to work for congress. "cliff talks down to the wi re" is the headline in "the wall street journal." host: that story from inside "usa today." this is from "the new york times." host: there is this from "roll call." pessimistic asstima ever. the president summoning congressional leaders. we expect there will be a stakeout afterward. we may hear from the president and we will be following all of that as the day unfolds. it's begin with david lightman. he covers capitol hill and the white house. the best sense of what you think the dyn
this fiscal cliff the line. if go to indiana on the democratic line. jay is waiting. caller: good morning. and, for taking my call. -- thank you for taking my call. i feel like our americans are politicians bosses. the government gets the money from us. i do not see how they have the right to sit there and play politics with each other and try to make decisions that are going to just benefit them. maybe a small part of the population. this is the united states. we're supposed to be tried to help everybody. we cannot be scared of what is clear to happen to us when many people are barely able to meet their bills. they may have to be afraid of what is going to happen to them. what kind of government would do that to their people? they should try to make us feel calm. like we are really going to get something done. host: from crawford, indiana this morning. on twitter -- another tweet i want to read this morning -- jodi wrtes in -- we will be taking your calls all of this morning for this segment and the next segment on the "washington journal." we told you what was going on in the senate. here is
in other publications this morning. we want to hear from business owners on the fiscal cliff and if it is affecting your plans for 2013. you can see the numbers on the screen. business owners only. small or large businesses. from the hill newspaper -- that's from the hill newspaper this morning. finally, from "politico" -- our first call this morning, from business owners only, about your views on the fiscal cliff, comes from jim in hot springs national park, arkansas. what kind of business do you own? caller: the last one i had, i was in the construction business. and when i sold my last house i decided to move too hot springs, the first resort in america. host: you are a retired business owner? caller: right. host: if you were still running your business, how would you be looking at the fiscal cliff? caller: i've got some ideas i would like to say. the first thing we would do is eliminate all the people that do the free housing and food stamps and by about all those office expenses and just go with an earned income credits that would not exceed 15 cows and dollars per year.
this morning, the impending fiscal cliff creating plenty of jitters on wall street despite the fact that congressional leaders are meeting with the president today to try to hammer out a last-minute deal. the dow, nasdaq and s&p 500 futures all pointing lower this hour signaling a potential selloff at the opening bell. not just the fiscal cliff with the potential threat to the economy, thousands of dockworkers from maine to texas could go on strike within days if their union can't reach a deal with major shipping companies. these are the workers who move goods from the nation's ports to the stores. >> everybody from your mom and pop retailer to your farmer, to the trucking company who has go in and pick up the containers at the ports. this will be felt not just at the local economy, but nationwide for everybody else who relies on these ports. >> one port official says east and gulf coast ports handle about $55 billion worth of cargo a month so a strike could have a major effect on the retail business. >>> land lines not going the way of the vcr just yet. older americans are slow to
of joe manchin as congress prepares to meet again today with the fiscal cliff looming. good morning. the deadline is here and the countdown is down two hours instead of days. the first time since 1970, congress is meeting between the christmas and new year's holiday. preparations are underway as lawmakers -- if lawmakers fail to act. we are 17 hours until the deadline. midnight is the deadline east coast time. here are the numbers. host: also, send us an e-mail and jonas on facebook, -- join us on facebook or you can send us a tweet. let's take a scan of the headlines and we begin with "the atlanta journal-constitution." a lot of talking but still no votes. the deadline has come and gone. one last day for a fiscal deal is the headline from "the boston globe." we are also keeping an eye on wall street. the markets are queasy. from the headlines "the wall street journal." host: a lot of activity on the house and senate chamber. we will be falling all of that on the c-span networks. we have the deputy white house editor from politico. tell us where we stand. guest: we stand in limbo,
rolling on averting the fiscal cliff. in a letter to star birks employees made public this morning, chief executive howard s \cc chultz next employees that is approximately 120 d.c. area stores to write come together on coffee cups on serving customers tomorrow and friday. starbucks plans to buy as in washington post and the new york times later in the week as part of its come together campaign. >> rumors that a second generation ipad mini with eight right now display is set to lions ahead of apple's typical annual schedule that share have been swirling. now it appears that apple's full- size ipad may be sticking to its new semi and release schedule. new reports suggest that apple's plans to launch a new standard, lauder 9.7 in. ipad as soon as march 2013. the fourth ipad model was just released last month along side the ipad mini, but march was also suggested in recent red ipad mini remorse. >> we will be right back. heavy snowfall in the sierra is causing dangerous conditions for skiers. in the past three days, two people have died and two others have been injured after being called in
on the fiscal cliff. >>> and why are movies so long? >>> a look at the world's longest high speed train. good morning to you. i'm richard lui. christmas was anything but merry for residents of the deep south, where a winter storm packed a dangerous deadly punch. at least three deaths are being blamed on a severe weather system that spawned tornadoes in four states and dumped snow as far south as texas. the latest from alabama. >> reporter: oh, wow. oh, jesus, look at that tornado. >> reporter: in mobile, alabama, a christmas surprise no one wished for. a tornado caught on video as it touched down right this city center. emergency management officials say the twister left lots of damage in its wake blowing out first and second floor windows at the mobile infirmary medical center and the roof at the high school. so far no injuries or death, but wit trees and power lines down tens of thousands are without electricity. one store sent customers scrambling for cover. >> one customer looked out the window and said there's actually a tornado coming. i looked out and you could see the sparks flying an
to the fiscal cliff. we'll have more on this morning's negotiations and what we'll lose if those talks fail. and workers in some states may see a pay raise but may not notice much of a difference. >>> guns are flying off the shelves after fears of a ban on assault rifles following the sandy hook massacre. we're live at the white house with the latest details. plus this. >> reporter: i'm alina cho in times square, where just hours from now new york will host what is arguably the biggest new year's eve party in the world. number one tip. if you plan to come to times square, dress warmly. it is frigidly cold. "cnn newsroom" starts right now. >>> good morning. i'm suzanne malveaux sitting in for carol costello. this morning the clock ticking louder. the nation inching closer to this fiscal cliff. we could be just hours away from seeing all of our paychecks shrink. we're following all the last minute drama to avoid that, of course. brianna keilar is covering this morning's urgent talks happening in washington. christine romans is here to talk about the impact first, and alison kosik with how inv
republican support for any bill that might pass congress to avert the fiscal cliff. >> brianna keilar reporting live from hawaii this morning. >>> checking our top stories before heading back to d.c. to try to head off the physical -- the fiscal cliff. you know what i'm saying. the president and first lady michelle obama visited marines and thanked them for their service. >> the greatest honor i have as president is being commander in chief and the reason it's an honor is because not only do we have the finest military in the world but we also have the finest fighting men and women in the world. >> mrs. obama and the girls won't cut short their vacation. they're staying on in hawaii. >>> former braves great andruw jones free on a bond in atlanta on a battery charge. there was a domestic dispute between he and his wife. the center fielder played with the new york yankees last year and recently signed with a team in japan. >>> the city of los angeles is holding its annual gun buyback today, several months ahead of schedule. the buyback program allows anyone to bring in guns and rifles i
cliff, "washington post" frontpage this morning, the tea party largely silenced on fiscal cliff. some in the movement feel that no voice on the core issue. paige, ibm member. does religion influence of politics? caller: religion does influence politics. not mine, per say, but i watched c-span all the time and my comment is religion, like with the palestinians and the jewish conflict over there, why do you guys never bring up that israel was purchased for those people over there? it is almost like a pilgrim and indian situation. host: what does this have to do with this? caller: it is all about christianity and muslim. almost like the old school crusades. host: ok, all right. camp hill, pennsylvania. republican caller. caller: i would like to comment that in the democratic national convention, god was taken out of the platform and when he was put back in it took three votes and when it was put back in, they booed god, which means to me the democratic party is a godless party. with the reelection of president obama, the slaughter of innocent unborn babies will continue. we have a presid
to this morning's squawk on the tweet. in addition to the fiscal, milk, and wind farm cliffs what other cliffs are you worried about? chuck ls writes i'm terrified of the mcrib cliff. what will we do without that amazing sauce and processed pork? >> happens all the time. >> the estate tax cliff. will have to die within next three days to beat it. c. i writes, my name is cliff. i'm worried about me. can you imagine? >> being run over by the milk trucks and the containers. >> yeah. you got a busy night tonight talking a lot about what happens at 3:00. >> given the meeting is at 3:00 and will take a certain amount of time if they come out and start talking we could really see some whip saw action. keep in mind futures markets are still open after 5:00. these are all markets we'll be watching in response. when we come in on monday we could actually be talking about a deal. >> harwood is tweeting, gop budget source updated the duration of a potential mini deal harwood saying 60 to 90 days not 30 to 60. >> wow. >> 60 to 90 days. we go into march. >> right. >> and not have anything. >> that is recess
in san francisco. fiscal cliff talks will resume this morning in washington. when will have a live look from the senate floor. also inside the office of one of the richest man is on the planet. warren buffett. those stories and much more when the kron4 morning news continues. >> >> compared to yesterday that the nasty weather would not be the case today. high- pressure is in control and we will continue to see the sunshine and dry weather. not only this afternoon but clear conditions will continue into the evening hours. satellite and radar pictures look like mainly active whether it has shifted too our east. we are dry for now but we have changes to talk about as another storm is headed in our direction. i will break down full details and walk you through future cast four and my next report. >> it continues to be a pretty good ride even though we had a few minor incidents on the peninsula. they have cleared up now and the bay bridge ride and has a light traffic and no meat during lights. the quick check commute shows we're dealing with much much lighter than usual traffic. you'll not f
cliff. alexis christoforous, "cbs news," new york. >>> coming up on "cbs this morning," an update on your last-minute holiday travel and we'll get a live report from dallas-ft. worth airport. >>> plus, the nra is speaking out in the debate over the gun control. we'll hear from someone from nra >>> and from ""zero dark thirty"" to "lincoln, we'll look back at the best films of 2012. that's your "cbs morning news" on this monday. thanks for watching. i'm duarte geraldino, have a great day. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com december 24. i'm frank mallicoat. >>> you're watching cbs 5 eyewitness news this morning. >>> hi, everyone, and good morning. >>> here's a check of your forecast. >> things beginning to settle down a little bit. not done with the showers yet. the rainfall will be on and off. hoping for a little more sun toward the afternoon and some drier weather on the way. >> and all that rain yesterday packed a punch on the roadways. we had a lot of flooding reports and some roads still shut down. closed by valley ford road. we also have a closure until about 5:00 this morn
morning. united states government is set to go off the fiscal cliff on new year's day. at this point we don't know if the president plans to return at the to hawaii if the tax hikes are avoided well in advance of the of the new year. he's there to talk to himself. john boehner will come back at any time. his office told us it would be sometime after christmas. so he could be back as soon as today. the upper chamber in commerce is coming back tomorrow to pick up where they left off on the important domestic surveillance bisa. they will meet for a vote on the $50.6 billion bill for hurricane sandy relief. they will be back in the same zip code as far as we know there are no specific time or places on the books for an inperson meaning between the two. something else that remains to be seen is everybody will return to the table with a cooler head which the president shawas hopi for before he went on his family vacation. hoe over do you. >> the fiscal cliff we have been telling you so much about could be devastating for thousands of american businesses and their workers. their new concerns t
to the deadline if congress and the president are going to stop the nation from going over the fiscal cliff. without a deal, taxes are set to go up on about every american. >> reporter: talks continue but this morning, still no deal. republicans and democrats nee gobuated all weekend, with the hope of passing legislation that would protect most people from a massive tax hike, set to kick in type at midnight. our top priority is make sure taxes on middle class families don't go up to hurt the economy badly. >> reporter: optimism about a deal over the weekend, when the republican leader in the senate made an offer, that all ended when senate majority leader said he couldn't present a counter proposal, in a hail mary, he phoned for help. >> i placed a call to the vice president to see if he could jump start the negotiations on his side. i'm willing to get this done. i need a dance partner. >> reporter: white house officials say vice president biden is now playing a direct role in the talks. the two partys remain at odds over the automatic across the board cuts to government programs and defens
." in the headlines this morning, as the fiscal cliff approaches congressional leaders are set to meet with president obama at the white house this afternoon. got that going for us. news of the meeting helped u.s. stocks come well off their lows yesterday. but major averages are still coming off four consecutive losing sessions. and a threatened strike could idle more than 14,000 long shoremen this weekend. the 15 east coast courts involved in a labor dispute handle about 40% of the nation's cargo. the union contract prior one expired back in september. a 90-day extension ends this sunday. and a judge best known for his involvement in insider trading cases is handed down a ruling in a very different type of case. you know this guy? judge rakoff has reaffirmed that sly stallone did not copy someone else's screenplay for his 2010 movie "the expendables." he basically copied his rocky screen play from somebody else -- no, that's a joke. he didn't do that. i could probably get in trouble for saying that. >> we should have him on. >> i don't know, can judges come on tv? >> i don't think so. >> some descri
straight to your phone about all our fiscal cliff notes by texting the cliff to 525 eowe to 25 -- the cliff to 25543. >>> time for your money segment of the morning. it is the final trading week of the year for the stock market. the fiscal cliff is scaring investors. stocks sank friday as the economy inches closer to going over the edge. the dow was down 120 points. the nasdaq down 29. the s&p slipped 13 and a half points. >>> the stock market is on track, though, for its fourth straight year of gains. the dow is up overall nearly 8%. the nasdaq has rallied more than 15% so far this year. the stock market is closed tomorrow for the christmas break. there will still be plenty of economic reports to sift through this week, including the latest on home prices and sales, consumer confidence and jobless claims. >>> it's not only investors but washington's failure to agree on a budget is affecting everyday americans' confidence about their finances. the university of michigan says its consumer sentiment index for december fell sharply from november's five-year high. more than one in four people s
revolving around a fiscal cliff from this morning's "washington journal." host: we are welcoming joshua gordon and stan colander. thank you for coming back. as we stand on the edge of the fiscal cliff right now, any chance that we do not go over? guest: that is pretty small. we are relying on the senate to avoid this -- to avoid a filibuster. then we are relying on the house who for the last several weeks could not take the lead. it is important to state that while the official deadline is december 31. they can continue to work until the new congress on january 3. we have more like three days for them to get something together. host: are we going over the cliff? what does it mean if we do? guest: in some sense, we're going over the cliff even if they reach a deal. when you look at the deal they have been talking about, there will still be a lot left for future decision making. even if they are able to extend tax cuts for the middle class and do not do much of anything else, you still have the haphazard dealmaking not touching any of the issues the parties said they were concerned about
. >>> right now, we want to turn to the fiscal cliff negotiations in washington. this morning there is cautious optimism from both sides that a deal of some sort can be reached. kristin welker is at the white house with the latest. good morning. >> reporter: erica, good morning to you. the focus is on the senate this saturday morning as majority leader harry reid and minority leader mitch mcconnell try to cobble together a last-minute plan. meanwhile, on friday president obama said america's patience has almost run out. with steep tax hikes and deep spending cuts looming, president obama used the power of his office to turn up the pressure on congress, making a quickly arranged appearance in the white house briefing room friday. >> the hour for immediate action is here. it is now. i'm modestly optimistic that an agreement can be achieved. >> reporter: the president repeatedly tapping into the public's frustration to bolster his argument. >> the american people are not going to have any patience for a politically self-inflicted wound. ordinary folks, they too their jobs. the no
. >>> aloha means good-bye. president obama cuts his hawaiian vacation short to deal with the fiscal cliff. it is already too late? good morning, 7:00 in the east. i'm alina cho. >> and i'm drew griffin. soledad o'brien is off today. "starting point" begins right now. >>> our starting point, a cruel one. a one-two christmas punch from mother nature. tornadoes and blizzards tearing through the south and midwest. >> oh, my god. we need to go. it's right there. >> mobile, alabama, took a real beating. a twister blowing up transformers, leaving more than 25,000 customers without power. reports to damage to homes, a high school, and church. >> it came in behind the church right there, and then all green fluorescent lighting and popping transformers left and right. and we heard the crashing and everything and the power went out. >> i prayed to god as loud as i could, and i was just praying for my safety, and i knew the church was shaking. i just prayed that the church stayed put. >> here is the other half of this story, blizzard conditions blanketing much of the midwest and the northeast will ge
. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> the clock is ticking on the fiscal cliff. now the deadline is four days away. tracy mitchell joins us live with the very latest. good morning. is there any progress? >> i was hoping there would be a breakthrough. the president will be meeting with congressional lawmakers hoping to work out a deal. just days before the deadline, the president is calling congressional plead this to the white house. >> i do not know how it can happen now. >> each side is challenging the other side to act first. >> just because we find ourselves at the edge of the cliff. >> lawmakers in the house are heading back for a rare sunday evening session to focus on the cliff. >> i would hope we come back and reach compromise which has been so difficult to do. >> without a deal, the government will spend less. that could throw less into another recession. fears of going over the fiscal cliff have cost consumer confidence to tumble. >> i think if we get to january 2 and see the markets start to go down and constituents getting anxious and you'll see congress come to a deal and a lot q
this morning. new hope for a deal to avoid going off the fiscal cliff. if president obama will meet with congressional leaders later today. danielle leigh is in washington with more on the rush for a deal. >> president obama and congressional leaders need to make progress, and today's last met afternoon meeting at the white house could be a final opportunity. >> mcconnell seemed to give an indication that maybe, just maybe, the president might make a new offer giving -- getting toward the 11th-hour. >> off without a deal that cuts of the debt, taxes will go up on every worker next week. the extension to of unemployment benefits expires and deep spending cuts set in, threatening another recession. >> it really upsets me because the government is a blow to be working for the people and i don't see that. >> despite what is at stake, senators came back early only to engage in another round of bickering. >> republicans have bent over backwards. we stepped way, way out of our comfort zone. >> we wanted an agreement. but we had no takers. >> we are in the same situation we have been in for
washington. we will check back with you. time for a look at who is talking and the fiscal cliff negotiations that's what president obama is talking about this morning. >> the president spoke to nbc's meet the press about the urgency for congress to act and placed the blame on republicans. >> we have been talking to the republicans ever since the election was over. they have had trouble saying yes to a number of repeated offers. yesterday i had another meeting with the leadership and i suggested if they want kant to a comprehensive package let's at minimum make sure people's taxes don't go up and 2 million people don't lose unemployment insurance. i was optimistic yesterday but we don't see an agreement now the pressure is on congress to produce. if they don't what i have said is in the senate we should introduce legislation that would make sure middle class taxes stay where they are. >> donald trump will react to the current state of the negotiations at 7:00 a.m. eastern. >>> time now for your 5@5:00. the top five stories making news at this hour and a fox news alert. she was supposed to be
of the fiscal cliff. >>> you can wrap up the gambling then come home and watch "good morning maryland." beginning today, maryland live casino will open their doors at 8:00 a.m. and they will never shut again. 24/7 gambling. beginning on this thursday, december 27th. "good morning maryland." >>> i'm charlie crowson. >> and i'm megan pringle. >> thank you for joining us on this thursday morning. we're going to head out live to the casino later on but in the meantime headed anywhere you need to know how the weather is going to be. here's meteorologist mike masco. >> you think linda is gambling this morning? >> absolutely. yes. >> 41 in town but outside the beltway. 36 timonium and bel air good morning to you. 35. it's a chilly morning and we do have a coastal flood advisory so fort mchenry tunnel just some minor flooding right now. port deposit near havre de grace minor flooding. so just know if you live in an area prone to bay flooding you might want to move things the higher ground. the second story this morning will be the winds and it's a high wind advisory through the course of the
. the real problem though is as of this morning, just a week out from when the fiscal cliff is expected to hit. there's no discussions between congressional democrats and congressional republicans even on the staff level. this is what democratic and republican sources are telling me, and overall just to remind people, instead of this being -- here's what we expect. instead of this being some big bill to try to deal with the long-term fiscal health of the country which is what the fiscal cliff was supposed to be an incentive to do, we're expecting now that this is just some measure to avert the fiscal cliff which is the tax hikes, the spending cuts, each if they deal with the spending cuts and we're waiting to see what the measure will look like. i know what a hard-hitting white house reporter you are. i want to know whether it's apple kay, pumpkin pie or peekan pie for the president and first family on christmas day. any news on the menu? >> reporter: no, i am still waiting to find out. maybe we'll find out a little later today. you don't frequently find out until they have just release
the fiscal cliff. we know the president is headed back to washington early tomorrow morning to try to deal with the talks. market not that happy. >> time now 8:43. let's get you updated on the top stories. four people were taken to the hospital after a family christmas party in alameda ended in a stabbing. an argument between two sisters be he came violent when one grabbed a knife and stabbed the other. during it three others were hurt. the sister was later arrested. >>> at least six deaths blamed on the weather sweeping through the south. right now several states from arkansas to kentucky are under blizzardings. >>> the president and congress will try one more time to reach a deal before falling off the fiscal cliff. the president will cut his vacation short. >> happening now bargin hunters out looking for a day after christmas sale. we are live at the valley fair mall to tell us about those deals. >> reporter: hi. if you have something to return or you need to use a gift card it's a good time to come. there are plenty of spots where you can park and i just walked inside in to the mall
the fiscal cliff is to those who are out of work, specifically to the 2 million americans who will lose their federal unemployment benefits an average of about $300 a week if no deal is reached. >> good morning. >> you were laid off a year ago. tell us your story. >> well, yes, i was laid off a year ago around this time in december. and i received employment so i've been trying to look for a job which has been very difficult, on the internet every day. i also tried to start my own small business in the same field, janitorial services, which the whole thing of not having any money has caused a great hardship because i'm unable now to finance my business as well or get a small business loan because i don't have a job. >> $300, i just want to jump in, i apologize for cutting you off $300 a week doesn't get you very far to the point of financing a business. how much did this cover just your everyday expenses of living and taking care of your grocery bill and all that you have to pay for? >> well, in actuality, it doesn't. it doesn't even cover my entire rent. we have to juggle to pay the re
. alina. >> barbara starr, thank you. >> hope is fading fast this morning for a fiscal cliff compromise. eight days left until we go off the edge. with the president and congress on holiday hiatus, things looking bleak. listen to joe liberman on yesterday's "state of the union." >> i think it's more likely we will go over the cliff than not, and if we allow that to happen, it will be the most colossal consequential act of congressional irresponsibility in a long time, maybe ever in american history. >> white house correspondent brianna keilar is traveling with the president and joins us live from honolulu, hawaii, this morning. i'm talking to republican and democratic sources and they really feel like we're going to go over the cliff. what are you hearing? >> i'm hearing it's a very real possibility, and as you're hearing, they aren't even really talking, democrats and reyou public i had cans, the white house talks to senate democrats, but at this point, the white house is not in any real substan tiff conversations with both house republicans and senate republicans as all eyes turn to t
to the fiscal cliff. there are some signs of hope this morning. and it oob thanks to republican senate minority leader mitch mcconnell. peter doocy live in washington with the very latest. peter, i guess they reconvene 1:00 tomorrow which leads them oh tons of time to avert that fiscal cliff you are hearing from administration officials down here that republican the senatech mcconnell the is trying really hard to figure out a way to avoid the fiscal cliff public. >> we had a good meeting at the white house. we are engaged in discussions, the majority leader and myself and the white house in the hopes that we can come forward as early as sunday and have a recommendation that i can make to my conference and the expwrort leader can make to his conference. >> at yesterday's white house meeting, president obama did not offer negotiators anything new. he just tried to sell them on the same plan he outlined last friday, being called plan c. since the president's plan a and speaker boehner's plan b both failed to gain traction. plan c would extend middle class tax rates and we're told the senate wants
is reacting already to this. in fact, i was raiding a report this morning that the fiscal cliff has hit for many businesses because they're having to finalize their payrolls for 2013. what are you hearing to the leaders that you're talking to? >> i call it a curve and i think it's not as big a deal as a lot of other people think because ultimately something is going to happen. and what should happen is no plan b. for plan b to go is crazy. and they should go for the big plan or no plan whatsoever because what's going to happen is taxes will go up and then all of these republicans that signed the so-called pledge are going to be able to reduce taxes, and therefore, they haven't violated their pledge because they'll be reducing taxes. not increasing them. a deal will be made. but it's got to be the right deal. regardless of cliff or curve, it's got to be the right deal. we have to get this country back on track. and it is just so incredible what is taking place. i've been watching this and you've been watching it and been reporting on it very well for years. this isn't just something that
of that fiscal cliff and were not in the buying mood apparently. >>> so it is early in the morning. you might have a craving to go out and get something sweet after eating -- >> after all the food? >> you've had that break of three or four hours and want to head to the fridge. if that is you, you want to see this next story. take a look. one of the world's great chocolate making cities. >> check out what chocolate makers in belgium have created. i think it's pretty cool. it's been certified as the world's largest vintage steam train made entirely out of chocolate. >> it's 110 feet long and appropriately enough, it was tut together as one of the main train stations in the belgium capital. >> maybe with your morning coffee, if you're up late and still digesting your christmas dinner or up early going back to work, you can have a little bit. >> those people looking at the train, how do you not just take a little piece off? >> we don't need a conductor. there he goes. keep it right here, because coming up, protecting those most expensive christmas gifts you've received from all the costly damage
before averting the so-called fiscal cliff before the new year. president obama has cut short his hawaiian holiday. he'll come back to washington tomorrow night. nbc's danielle leigh is live. >> reporter: richard, good morning. there. is still a hope that a deal can get done, but confidence in that bargain with real reform has all but disappeared. americans are already taking a good hard look at their wallets, as confidence the country will avoid the fiscal cliff diminishes. >> i don't think there's going to be a grand bargain before the end of the year. there is hope a deal will be cut. >> reporter: if congress doesn't extend expiring tax cuts in just days, middle income owners will owe uncle sam about $2,000 extra a year. retailers will cut back in automotive, apparel and entertainment. >> once people begin to pull back on that, the effect will be dramatic. >> reporter: the national retailers association said retailer its support 1 in 4 american jobs and if the downward turn intensifies. for those, the wait is excruciating. president obama visited troops in hawaii over christmas
associate at the tax policy center. caller: thank you, good morning. mr. rosen berg, with the fiscal cliff blooming, do you believe the i.r.s. will be able to calibrate their system at this late of a date and would the debt ceiling debate blooming, could that delay federal refunds? thank you. guest: yes. the question about the i.r.s. is a good one and it is an important one. so it almost is certainly bound to complicate the filing season. i think already the i.r.s. has said that they are -- they have not released updated withholding tables for winner to. -- 2013. what that means is employers will use the withholding tables for federal income tax. but if a deal is made or no deal is made, that's going to have to change and at some point, employers will have to change their federal income tax withholding amount. i mentioned with the alternative minute 34u78 tax, that will -- minimum tax, that will complicate the season. i think the i.r.s. has said as many as 70 million tax filers could be subject to delays if the a.m.t. is not patched for 2012. host: antonio in nashville, tennessee. you're o
this morning with comments on the situation, and we will hear what he had to say about the fiscal cliff now. : new year's eve is fast approaching and for decades and decades the american people have watched the ball drop in times square. it's the countdown to midnight, the start of a new year. but this year, mr. president, the american people are waiting for the ball to drop but it's not going to be a good drop. because americans' taxes are approaching the wrong direction. come the first of this year, americans will have less income than they have today. if we go over the cliff, and it looks like that's where we're headed, mr. president, the house of representatives as we speak with four days left after today before the first of the year aren't here with the speaker having told them they'll give them 48 hours' notice. i can't imagine their consciences. they're out wherever they are, around the country, and we're here trying to get something done. they are not in washington, d.c. the house of representatives are not here. they couldn't even get the leadership together yesterday. they had to
, the democrat, gathered some folks to do a press conference talking about the fiscal cliff and the impact of those spending cuts. let's look at that now and we will wait for senator mccain. >> ok. are we ready? good morning. welcome to the cold morning press conference outside of the senate office building. i'm the executive director and i am one of the nuns on the bus. [laughter] we are here to continue the message that our congress needs to find a solution to the facing. we gather today as a broad coalition of all sorts of members from the washington advocacy community and people from all around the country to stand here together to say we need a conagra's that governs. problems. we are especially concerned today about lifting up middle- class families who were so apprehensive about the future and the working poor who get keep -- keep getting pushed far. it is my great honor to introduce one of the members of the senate who is pushing for a reasonable solution and, reasonable revenue for responsible programs. senator harkin has been an advocate for years. he represents the state of iowa
. will happen tonight to work on a fiscal cliff deal. don't wait for washington to reach a deal by the end of the year. coming up, what you can do right now to minimize the impact on your own bottom line. >>> jessica simpson used the holiday to confirm she is pregnant once again. she tweetd a picture of her 7-month-old daughter maxwell with the words "big sis." >>> in mobile, alabama, for us this morning, jim cantore. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. storm prediction center said we had as many as 34 tornadoes yesterday. average for the month of december is 26. church behind me here heavily damaged, two sections of the roof have been torn off and dropped below. christmas morning, that church was full of people and parishioners attending christmas service. power poles have been taken down as well. the last thing people in mobile expected on christmas day was to be cleaning up after a tornado. >> oh, my god! look at that. >> reporter: this was the scene in downtown mobile, alabama, late tuesday afternoon, a tornado touched down in the city of about 200,000. >> oh, wow! check
-ditch effort to avoid the fiscal cliff. even though the president is returning on thursday, we may not see the senate roll out its bill to deal with the fiscal cliff. perhaps for a couple of days. this is entirely possible we've learned from sources as senate majority leader harry reid works to get republican support in the senate, which he will need if he's going to pass a bill. and so we're still waiting to see exactly what it will look like that the white house wants for the threshold on income tax rates to cut off at $250,000. we will see if that ultimately is what senate majority leader reid rolls out. as of this point in time, we're expecting this to be a limited measure to deal just really with the fiscal cliff, which was supposed to be appear incentive to deal with the long-term fiscal health of the country. not part of this, obviously looking at a big package. >> can you do this even if everything goes right? getting through the two houses. i don't think the house is anywhere near -- they couldn't get a million collars for the cap of the tax rates expiring. so what is the position
negotiations and john boehner and senate leader are working on a deal this morning to avoid the fiscal cliff, or as chris hayes and i call it, the fiscal curve. the deadline is soft. it's not like every american is going to be handed a bill on january 1st and there's way to manage the damage if the country goes over. the senate is set to convene this afternoon with the house to follow tonight. there's a chance that a compromise will be reached, less than 48 hours before tax rates revert to their clinton dasher are levels and board across the board spending cuts talk effect. when the president took to the podium friday afternoon to urge the law enforcements to get their act together with he didn't exactly project confidence. >> this is deja vu all over again. america wonders why it is that in this town for some reason, you can't get stuff done in an organized timetable. why everything always has to wait until the last minute. we're now at the last minute. and the american people are not going to have any patience for a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. >> this may be why the pr
policy center. caller: thank you, good morning. mr. rosen berg, with the fiscal cliff blooming, do you believe the i.r.s. will be able to calibrate their system at this late of a date and would the debt ceiling debate blooming, could that delay federal refunds? thank you. guest: yes. the question about the i.r.s. is a good one and it is an important one. so it almost is certainly bound to complicate the filing season. i think already the i.r.s. has said that they are -- they have not released updated withholding tables for winner to. -- 2013. what that means is employers will use the withholding tables for federal income tax. but if a deal is made or no deal is made, that's going to have to change and at some point, employers will have to change their federal income tax withholding amount. i mentioned with the alternative minute 34u78 tax, that will -- minimum tax, that will complicate the season. i think the i.r.s. has said as many as 70 million tax filers could be subject to delays if the a.m.t. is not patched for 2012. host: antonio in nashville, tennessee. you're on the "washington
a good morning. with the fiscal cliff looming, you might be digging deeper into your pockets at the grocery store. this new year, if congress doesn't take action on the farm bill, the cost of milk could more than double. theresa, my friend, is live in new york city and has the details on that. good morning. >> good morning to you. as the clock strikes 12 on december 31, a lot of things in your life are going to end up costing you more, including the cost of milk that is if congress doesn't act. what are we talking about? a truman era law that is tangled up in congress' web. as i mentioned, it expires december 31. if it does, basically the government will be forced to buy vast quantities of milk at twice the wholesale rate, sending the price you pay to 6, 7, even $8 a gallon. some people are calling it a milk cliff, just what we need when we're talking about the fiscal cliff. technically not tied to budget negotiations, but still that money has to come out of your pocket. here is chris gailen from the american milk producers federation. >> farm bill is like this low hanging or
still expect that the nation will go over the fiscal cliff. still a little more hope than when we woke up this morning, but no one is counting on being off on new year's eve. >> jessica, thanks. more now on the raw politics with "new york times" columnist raffle, and cornell belcher. the president said he wanted to see a straight up or down vote. as we mentioned, that will happen on monday in the senate. he could lose that up or down vote. >> what you're likely to see is something come out of the senate. you have to pay attention, especially on the senate side, to tone. what minority leader mcconnell was saying today, the tone was right. i think you'll see something coming out of the senate on an up or down vote which they'll have to have happen, but i think the problem comes on the house side, whether or not in fact speaker boehner is going to allow what the senate sends their way to go out on an up or down vote without having a majority of the majority. >> this is what speaker boehner said he wanted, to push this off to the senate, but nothing we saw today helps us answer to big ques
paycheck. the fiscal cliff almost here, but the effects are very real and starting already. >>> good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm ali velshi. >> i'm christine romans. >> and i'm dr. sanjay gupta. >> good morning. hilary clinton has been admitted to the hospital for a blood clot, it is believed to be related to a concussion she suffered earlier this month. she will be hospitalized for 48 hours for hospitalization. she had just been cleared to return to work. what's going on here? jill daugherty has been following developments for us. live in the washington bureau. we're hearing 48 hours and seem to be saying it's not that serious. what are you hearing from the doctors? >> well, at this point, it's not really that clear. in fact, there was a statement coming out of the state department from phillip ryans, indicating the lack of clarity about this. he said her doctors will continue to assess her condition, including other issues associated with her concussion. they will determine if any further action is required." now, those other issues associated with her concussion, that's
:00, president obama will meet with congressional leaders, for more discussion on the fiscal cliff. rhonda, from california. caller: good morning, everybody. i am just really upset. the gop has taken over our congress, they have held it since the president was in. they have destroyed main street. they have taken our jobs. they have taken our houses. now they sit and call me irresponsible. just five minutes ago, they were calling the irresponsible. i one of the most responsible people. these folks, these lawyers, that are running our government, are running us into the ground. they are manipulating us, oppressing us, committing treason as crimes against us, yet we have no voice to do anything about it. this all has to change, and they need to quit blaming main street for what they purposely have done, and i hope we can all come together and find a way through this before all of our families are destroyed. thank you, and god bless you all. host: 84 your call. welcome to c-span. caller: thank you for taking my call. .'m 67 years old recor i get $560, in disability, i have a master's in education, b
's this morning's key question. how will a failure in the fiscal cliff negotiations hit you at home? with you now is jean. let me give you my three economic indicators. >> okay. >> guinness, harp and bass don't count. >> i said three. those are four and five. the top three are, one, if you can find a space, parking space in a shopping mall. >> easy to do these days. >> two, grocery store lines. check out what kind of food people are buy. if they're buying high-end items in the grocery line. and three, lottery tickets and people ahead of you are buying lottery tickets, if they're buying a lot of $2 tickets it means we're in a funk. >> we're in a funk. the folks at bank rate did a survey and about a third say they're spending less because of the cliff. it's the same reason that we saw the fall in consumer confidence numbers so significantly yesterday. >> can you make a counterargument that not spending a whole lot money right now because of a lack of confidence or trepidation about what might happen in washington and saving that money, that might be a good thing? saving is not a bad thing. >> save
an exclusive interview with president obama this morning as washington lawmakers try to avoid the fiscal cliff and dramatic images of a plane as it flies off the runway and breaks apart. and you'll hear from a surfer lucky to be alive after being attacked multiple times pie a -- by a shark and from honey boo boo to little league to gangnam style, a look back at the year in pop culture ahead on "today." >> our forecast today? >> we are keeping an eye on stronger winds coming in out of the northwest. temperatures hovering into 40 degrees in the afternoon. possibly an icy mix new year's eve. >> jason, thanks so much for joining us. that's all the time we have for now. nbc's "today show" is next. we'll have an update at 8:25. >> this is a wbal-tv 11 editorial with dan joerres. >> as we come to the close of another year, we think of our loved ones who are sacrificing their lives for our liberty and pursuit of happiness. we take our regularly scheduled editorial time to share greetings from those in the military to families in maryland. they will also be available on wbaltv.com, click on editorials.
the fiscal cliff. so still a little bit more hope than what we woke up this morning, but no one is counting on being off on new year's eve. >> randy. >> jessica, thank you, more now on the raw politics, good to see you both. cornell, let me start with you here, the president said he wanted to see a straight up or down vote. as we mentioned that could happen in the senate. we could lose the up or down vote. >> you are going to see something come out of the senate. you have to pay attention to the tone, i think you will see something come out of the senate on up and down, but i think the problem comes on the house side, whether or not in fact speaker john boehner is going to allow what the senate sends their way to go on an up or down vote, without having a majority of the majority. >> and ross, this is what speaker boehner said he wants to push off to the senate. but nothing we saw today can answer the big question. could house republicans now be ready to accept a compromise even if they don't like what is in it? >> i think a lot depends on what the democrats are willing to give at this poin
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